Messages to Campus

Message to Campus
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:43 am

Dear Western Students,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 academic year!  Whether this is your first year at Western or your last, I hope you are as excited as I am by the opportunities the lie ahead to learn about others, ourselves, and the world we share. 

Supporting your success both in and out of the classroom is the primary mission of Western, and it’s a commitment shared by more than 2000 faculty and staff in a wide variety of roles.  Please know…

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Message to Campus, Speech
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:30 am

(A video of the 2018 Opening Convocation Ceremony is available herePresident Randhawa's remarks begin at 24:30.)

Good morning and welcome to the start of Western’s 125th academic year.

I would like to begin by acknowledging that we are gathered on the ancestral homelands of Indigenous Peoples who have lived in the Salish Sea basin and the North Cascades watershed from time…

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Message to Campus
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 9:11 am

June 19, 2018

To the Campus Community:

As the regular academic year comes to a close and our campus community shifts into the distinct rhythms of summer, I want to thank you for your continued commitment and contributions to advance Western. I often comment that our graduates are the most important contribution we make to society. To deliver on this promise, we just graduated almost 2,200 students during our spring Commencement ceremonies. As I participated in Commencement, I…

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Message to Campus
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 4:22 pm

Dear Campus Community,

In response to my recent message “Nurturing a Safe Campus Community,” I received several questions on the issue of gun violence, which I believe justifies a follow-up email on this important issue.  We have all been affected by the images of enraged, scared and exhausted students, parents and educators wondering what can be done to stop school shootings like the most recent incident that claimed the lives of 17 people at a Florida high school.

First, I…

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Message to Campus
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 4:21 pm

Dear Western Campus Community:

Like many of you, I have been deeply troubled in recent weeks by challenges that continue to affect many in our community, namely the continuing scourge of sexual misconduct and the lack of progress toward permanent protection for Dreamers.  I’d like to take this moment to remind you of the safeguards we have in place at Western, and to invite you to join me in identifying and eliminating sexual abuse and violence, and protecting our most vulnerable…

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Message to Campus
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 10:25 am

Dear Western Community:

Creating and sustaining a campus that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming to every single member of our Western community is absolutely central to our mission as a university. During the past academic year Western, with important leadership contributions from our students, has engaged with new urgency in conversations about advancing those goals with concrete action and renewed commitment. As a result of those conversations, a number of new initiatives have…

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Message to Campus
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 2:18 pm

Dear Campus Community,

There has been much discussion recently about the University’s partnership with Study Group to increase international student enrollment at Western, especially as several working groups have recently convened in anticipation of our first international students from this partnership arriving next fall.  Questions have been asked about the operations of the partnership, the terms of the agreement, and its impact on our educational environment. However, the one…

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Message to Campus
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 2:15 pm

Dear Western Students,

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!  Whether you are setting foot on campus for the first time or returning home to familiar places and faces, I hope the year ahead is full of engaging learning experiences, self-discovery, and a sense of connection to the community here at Western. 

For those of us who work at Western—more than 2000 faculty and staff serving in a huge variety of roles inside and outside of the classroom—this exciting time of year…

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Message to Campus
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 1:38 pm

Dear Western Community,

As you have likely heard, the Trump administration this morning announced its plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program and phase it out over the next six months, calling on Congress to replace the policy with legislation.  Since the program began in 2012 with the Obama administration, nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors have been granted protection under…

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Message to Campus
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Dear Western Community,

As you are probably aware, there is talk about ending or changing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Western Washington University has been, and continues to be, strongly opposed to ending a program that provides hope and opportunity for more than 800,000 young people across the country, including many Western students, their families and friends. We are working with other universities in Washington State, and around the…

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